Pa. Senate passes bill to allow for armed security options in schools

Tony Romeo
June 12, 2019 - 4:00 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Over the strenuous objections of opponents, the Pennsylvania Senate has sent to the House legislation that would allow for more armed security personnel in schools. 

The bill passed by the Senate would authorize school districts to have armed security guards, including ones that are independent contractors or provided by a third party, and would clarify that sheriffs and deputy sheriffs can serve as armed school resource officers. 

Philadelphia Democrat Larry Farnese is among those opposed. 

“What this bill does is attempt to address a problem with firearms coming into schools by allowing more firearms to come into schools," he said. 

But Republican Jake Corman, the Senate majority leader, says the bill is about giving school districts options.

“I’m not going to tell the City of Philadelphia, I’m not going to tell the City of Pittsburgh, I’m not going to tell other communities, rural communities how to do this. I’ll let them debate and come together and make that decision," Corman said. 

The bill now goes to the state House for consideration.